An interconnect is the crucial link between source and amplifier. Choose wisely and you'll be rewarded with fine sound

While the role of a speaker cable is self-explanatory, that of the analogue interconnect is rather less obvious. So what is its purpose?

An interconnect is the cable that carries an audio signal from source to amplifier, or between pre-amplifier and power amplifier. It's the type of component that can make a world of difference to your system.

So whether you're in the market for an entry-level effort or looking to upgrade, we've listed several cables that could satisfy your hi-fi appetite.

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Best analogue interconnect under £25
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Despite its budget-level price the Profile manages to punch above its weight with a tight, uncluttered sound. Ideal if you're looking for an upgrade.

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Best analogue interconnect under £50
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An entry-level interconnect that places an emphasis on the enhancing your music's character, there are few at this price that match the sonic enjoyment Chord has produced with this cable.

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An engaging interconnect that’s very capable in expressing the dynamics and nuances of a track. Add the reassuring build quality and the Audio 40 gives the impression it'll last longer than most.

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